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Fri. 9:17 a.m.: Police: 1 missing after building explosion shakes Houston

HOUSTON (AP) — One person was missing following a large explosion at an apparent industrial building in Houston early today that heavily damaged nearby buildings and homes, left rubble scattered in the area and was felt miles away. The Houston Fire Department said one person was taken to a ...

Fri. 9:09 a.m.: Trump, a late convert to cause, to join anti-abortion rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was just four years ago that a political committee supporting one of Donald Trump's Republican rivals unveiled an ad slamming his views on abortion, complete with footage from a 1999 interview in which he declared, "I am pro-choice in every respect." Now, as he heads ...

Fri. 9:01 a.m.: Muslim women occupy streets in India against citizenship law

NEW DELHI (AP) — In the Indian capital's Shaheen Bagh neighborhood, beside open sewers and dangerously dangling electricity wires, a group of Muslim women in colorful headscarves sit in resistance to a new citizenship law that has unleashed protests across the country. For more than a ...

Fri. 8:43 a.m.: China building a hospital to treat virus, expands lockdowns

BEIJING (AP) — China announced today that it is swiftly building a 1,000-bed hospital dedicated to patients infected with a new virus that has killed 26 people, sickened hundreds and prompted unprecedented lockdowns of cities during the country's most important holiday. On the eve of the ...

Fri. 8:37 a.m.: Thunberg brushes off mockery from US finance chief

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg today brushed off criticism and mockery from U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, saying that his comments have "of course no effect" on her and fellow campaigners. The 17-year-old Swedish star acknowledged such young activists ...

Thu. 9:41 a.m.: Russian lawmakers OK Putin’s constitutional proposals

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers today quickly gave preliminary approval to a slew of constitutional changes widely seen as an attempt by President Vladimir Putin to remain in charge after his current term ends in 2024. Kremlin critics have described the amendments as an attempt by Putin to ...

Thu. 9:29 a.m.: World leaders rally in Jerusalem against anti-Semitism

JERUSALEM (AP) — Dozens of world leaders gathered today in Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on commemorating the Holocaust and combating rising modern-day anti-Semitism — a politically charged event that has been clouded by rival national interpretations of the ...

Thu. 9:12 a.m.: China shuts down more cities in bid to contain deadly virus

BEIJING (AP) — China decided today to lock down three cities that are home to more than 18 million people in an unprecedented effort to try to contain a deadly new viral illness that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries in the Lunar New Year travel rush. Police, ...

Thu. 9:04 a.m.: Firefighting plane crashes in Australia, killing 3 Americans

SYDNEY (AP) — Three American crew members were killed today when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia, officials said. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the crash deaths in the state's Snowy Monaro region, which ...

Wed. 1:58 p.m.: UPDATE: Warren police chief wants officer fired today

WARREN — Police Chief Eric Merkel said he will recommend that officer Noah Linnen be fired — as soon as today — from the Warren Police Department due his to Jan. 13 decision that triggered a massive manhunt in at least three communities for an imaginary man who he claimed shot at him ...

Wed. 9:52 a.m.: Chief: Warren officer tried to cover up why he fired his gun

WARREN — The Warren off-duty police officer who claimed he was shot at during a disabled vehicle check last week was trying to cover up why he really fired three shots from his service weapon, investigators said. Noah Linnen, 23, who turned himself into the Howland Police Department Tuesday, ...

Wed. 9:19 a.m.: S. Korean military decides to discharge transgender soldier

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's first known transgender soldier pleaded to be allowed to continue serving after the military decided today to discharge her for undergoing gender reassignment surgery. It was the first time in South Korea that an active-duty member has been referred to ...

Wed. 9:06 a.m.: Cases of new viral respiratory illness rise sharply in China

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health authorities urged people in the city of Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings, after warning that a new viral illness that has infected more than 400 people and killed at least nine could spread further. The appeal came as World Health Organization experts ...

Wed. 8:53 a.m.: Stocks mostly recover on hope for handling of Chinese virus

BANGKOK (AP) — World share prices mostly rose today as confidence increased in China's handling of an outbreak of a new virus that has infected 440 people, with nine confirmed deaths. The CAC 40 in Paris was up 0.1 percent at 6,053, while Germany's DAX picked up 0.2 percent to 13,583. ...

Wed. 8:41 a.m.: Trump slams impeachment, lauds US economy at Davos forum

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at his accusers in the Senate impeachment trial today but broke with some of his defenders as he reiterated his preference for witnesses to be called in the proceedings. Leaving the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Trump called ...

Tue. 3:32 p.m.: US gets 1st case of mysterious new Chinese illness

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. today reported its first case of a new and potentially deadly virus circulating in China, saying a Washington state resident who returned last week from the outbreak's epicenter was hospitalized in good condition near Seattle. The man, identified only as a Snohomish ...

Tue. 1:23 p.m.: Trump lauds US economy in Davos, says little on climate woes

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — President Donald Trump said today that he's led a "spectacular" turnaround of the U.S. economy and urged the world to invest in America, but had less to say about climate change issues that are a focus of this year's gathering of top business and political leaders in ...

Tue. 1:14 p.m.: Supreme Court won’t take case prompted by Flint water crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined to take a case stemming from the 2014 water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Approximately 25,000 people have sued over the crisis, in which a change in the source of the city's water resulted in lead contamination. The case the justices turned ...